TIL: Symbolic links don't work by default in Windows, even in Git Bash!


By default, running a ln -s ... command in Windows Git Bash just creates a copy of the files instead. I was going crazy thinking that something was weird with Python, but it turned out to be Windows! I'm calling it a bug. Here's how to enable real symbolic links in Windows Git Bash:

  1. Open Git Bash as an administrator
  2. Run: export MSYS=winsymlinks:nativestrict
  3. Run your ln -s ... command as usual

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18641864/git-bash-shell-fails-to-create-symbolic-links/40914277#40914277

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